What President Obama Means To My Kids

I remember sitting in Social Studies class learning about the Presidents of the United States.

I was so bored.

I looked at the picture my teacher was showing and thought, “I can’t really relate to any of these old white haired men”.

The only President I felt a remote connection with was a young, charismatic JFK.

Other than his biography, I probably started writing a note to my high school BFF to finalize our weekend plans while my teacher continued to bore teach the class about the other Presidents.

Fast forward to 2008. I remember voting for President at the polls with my 5 month old son, Bronson, wrapped tightly to my chest in a baby sling.

A historic event myself and a lot of the Nation never thought we’d see happen: the 1st African American President of the United States is elected.

A young, hip, cool, funny, intelligent Senator from Chicago is the POTUS.

Wow. Someone many young people can relate to.

It seemed as if our entire country became interested in politics.

So many voter campaigns emerged from that election getting young people and America excited about Democracy.

Regardless of political affiliation, it was really a great thing to experience.

Now, here we are in 2012. President Obama has been re-elected for a 2nd term. With his brilliant wife, Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia by his side, we watch history again.

It is an amazing thought to know that for Bronson’s entire life someone of color just like him has been the leader of our country.

What a world of opportunity and dreams this opens up for so many young children, mine included.

Now, when asked what they wanna be when they grow up, the thought of being President is real.

Thank you Mr. Obama. Thank you America.

With changes in our government, it gives many people hope for a “new” America. Afterall, this IS a new America from what it was years ago.

Now it’s reflective in our leadership.

In addition to an African American President, there was a large number of women elected to Congress.

10 females Senators were elected or re-elected into office last night, bringing us to a record high of 19 women Senators in U.S. Congress.

Among those women is Tammy Baldwin, not only the 1st woman to represent Wisconsin, but also the first openly gay Senator in America.

Another historic moment was Tammy Duckworth‘s win in the House of Representatives. Tammy is half-Thai, a double-amputee war hero. She will represent Illinois’ 8th congressional district.

Go GIRLS!

To cap the evening off, Washington and Colorado leagalized Mary Jane.

Maine and Maryland approved same sex marriage.

My kids are truly growing up in a new generation of more opportunity, tolerance, love, and understanding.

THIS, folks is the new America, and I like it!

*post written Jan 21, 2013*

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